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Seriously Good French Toast Recipe

This easy French toast recipe is seriously good – you only need 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make it. Jump to the Easy French Toast recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you how to make it.

Few breakfasts are better than thick-cut bread slices soaked in vanilla-scented egg and milk custard and toasted until golden brown. This recipe is so simple to make and is one to keep in your back pocket. We don’t add too many extras to our French toast — a sprinkle of powdered sugar or drizzle of maple syrup is all we need. Well, that and some coffee — if we’re talking summertime, it would be cold brew coffee.

That doesn’t mean you couldn’t go big with the toppings, though. A good friend swears by cinnamon sugar (we included a recipe below). Or top with fresh berries, a simple fruit salad, whipped cream or honey.

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How to Make Our Vanilla French Toast

I know I said it already, but this recipe is simple.

Seriously Good French Toast Recipe

Start with thick slices of day-old bread then soak them in a mixture of eggs, milk, cream and vanilla extract. We like using bread from the bakery — brioche, French bread or rustic Italian-style bread will all work.

The key is that they aren’t too fresh — the older the bread is, the more custard the bread will soak up. Day old bread also soaks it up quicker, making it possible to make this in under half an hour.

How to Make Vanilla French Toast

You’ll also want to use thick-cut bread. Thinly sliced bread falls apart more easily. Slice the bread 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thick.

After the bread has a chance to soak up all the eggs and cream, throw the thoroughly soaked bread into a pan with some hot melted butter and cook until golden brown on both sides.

A+J Tip: Work in Batches Using a Warm Oven

If you’re making French toast for many, use this little trick we picked up from making waffles. Heat your oven to somewhere between 170 degrees F and  200 degrees F. Then slide the cooked French toast into the oven to keep warm.

How to Keep French Toast Warm for Serving

They should be fine for quite some time without drying out. This method is a great way to reheat leftovers, as well.

Seriously Good French Toast Recipe

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Recipe updated, originally posted May 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Seriously Good French Toast Recipe

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Few breakfasts are better than thick-cut bread slices soaked in vanilla-scented egg and milk custard and toasted until golden brown. French toast is perfect for weekends – it only takes 30 minutes and a few ingredients to make. One or two-day-old bread is best for making French toast. If it’s fresh, it will crumble or fall apart when added to the egg mixture or during cooking. French, Italian, brioche or Challah bread are all great for this.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

4 large eggs

1/2 cup (120 ml) milk

1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

8 slices day-old bread, 3/4-inch-thick

3 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving

Optional toppings: Powdered sugar, maple syrup, berries, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar (recipe below)

Directions

    Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Slide the baking sheet into the oven. (It is best to make French toast in batches. The warm oven helps keep cooked batches warm while the rest finish cooking).

    Whisk eggs, milk, cream, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt together until well blended.

    Line bread slices up in a large baking dish (it is okay if they overlap). Pour egg mixture over bread slices then flip and move them around the egg mixture. Continue to move the slices around the egg mixture until the bread has soaked it all up.

    Melt a tablespoon of butter in a heavy, large pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Working in batches, transfer a few slices of the soaked bread to the pan and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer cooked French toast to warm oven while you cook the remaining bread slices. Add additional butter as needed for each batch.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To make Cinnamon Sugar, whisk  1/4 cup granulated sugar with one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Sprinkle over French toast.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 2 slices / Calories 482 / Protein 16 g / Carbohydrate 52 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 5 g / Total Fat 23 g / Saturated Fat 12 g / Cholesterol 236 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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29 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Patricia Fitzpatrick January 14, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Excellent videos! Well edited, narrated, and filmed with a non-intrusive instrumental in the background. Perfect! Keep up the good work!

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  • Bob September 3, 2014, 3:31 pm

    I found a recipe that can use fresh bread. You put in a 200 degree oven about 10 min. to dry it and it not get soggy. Works for me.

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  • olga August 6, 2014, 1:42 pm

    Yummy! I skipped putting the frencht oast in the oven as they went straight from the griddle to the kids plates. I didnt have cream, used a squirt or canned whip cream. Didnt seem to hurt.

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  • Laura July 29, 2014, 2:34 pm

    If you don’t have old bread, try toasting the bread just to dry it out a little, but not to brown it. Works really well. I do it even if my toast is old.

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  • Maxine April 10, 2014, 1:27 pm

    A good topping is cream cheese and runny marmalade. Serve with egg and bacon. Scrummy!

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    • Adam April 10, 2014, 2:48 pm

      Sounds great!

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  • Jessica September 2, 2013, 12:25 am

    Any chance this would work if you toasted the bread first rather than letting it sit out for a day or two?

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    • Joanne September 7, 2013, 2:42 pm

      We’ve never tried it — as long as you use hearty bread, you should be okay. Older bread is best, but if you’re craving French Toast we say go for it!

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  • Lisa August 29, 2013, 1:10 am

    I read the part about which breads to use, but what bread is shown in the picture? Excited to try this!

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    • Joanne August 29, 2013, 2:19 pm

      It’s an Italian round loaf from Trader Joes.

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  • Yvonne August 10, 2013, 12:33 am

    Have you ever tried making French Toast with fruit bread?? Ohhhh so good! 🙂 Love you recipes, all good stuff! Started out looking for Peanut Butter and after that I got lost in your pages….. sigh, only so much 2 people can eat! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Joanne August 12, 2013, 12:37 pm

      Great idea — we’ve tried with cinnamon raisin bread and that was a hit 🙂

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  • iliana August 7, 2013, 12:50 pm

    I add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix and they taste and smell delicious!!

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    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 12:36 pm

      Yum, cinnamon is a great idea! A little nutmeg or allspice would also be lovely.

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 19, 2013, 8:01 pm

    I always soak mine overnight and then brown in the pan with butter and finish off in the oven to make sure the custard is cooked but this looks really easy. 🙂

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